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Old 10-03-2020, 03:31 AM   #197
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I think the Fukushima plant was made to withstand huge tsunamis already, but the one that hit it was even bigger than it was designed to withstand. One of those 1 in a thousand situations that no one can really see coming. I mean they could have designed for such a scenario from the start but based on how old the plant is and when it was designed they likely thought the current criteria was already on the high side of things.
The Fukushima plant ("generation 2") required cooling water circulation after reactor shutoff, and the tsunami knocked out the diesel generators powering the pumps. "Generation 3" reactors are supposed to be safer, with passive cooling built in.

Gen 4 MSRs and pebble bed reactors are inherently safer yet, where the fuel is incapable of exceeding some reasonably low temperature by design, and there's no radioactive water coolant.

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Production of the pebbles still generates a significant amount of highly ionizing waste materials.

There is currently NO facility in the US capable of accepting these. NIMBY

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The business plan for the last 300 years of toxic material manufacturing is to spin off a holding company to lease the property from.
Once the plant wears out or becomes inefficient and dangerous, the holding company goes bankrupt and leaves it behind.

Looking out for the shareholders. Good for business.
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Production of the pebbles still generates a significant amount of highly ionizing waste materials.

There is currently NO facility in the US capable of accepting these. NIMBY

Yucca Mountain


The business plan for the last 300 years of toxic material manufacturing is to spin off a holding company to lease the property from.
Once the plant wears out or becomes inefficient and dangerous, the holding company goes bankrupt and leaves it behind.

Looking out for the shareholders. Good for business.
That doesn’t sound like a good or necessary business plan.
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Welcome to our legal system. By bankrupting the 'company', it leaves the shareholders off the hook from having to pay for site cleanup expenses to do anything else with the land.

We get nuclear power, they get money, and future generations get the fallout. Literally.
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Welcome to our legal system. By bankrupting the 'company', it leaves the shareholders off the hook from having to pay for site cleanup expenses to do anything else with the land.

We get nuclear power, they get money, and future generations get the fallout. Literally.
Seems unnecessary. The public could own and operate the operation.
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